This is me!

For South East Open Studios instead of cancelling it went Virtual, and we, the artists, have made videos to introduce ourselves. Here is the link to mine – welcome to my studio!

March News Letter from The Arts School

Hello. Welcome to your March newsletter.  I am thoroughly enjoying my weekly Life Drawing sessions as an artist at Paddock Art Studio. Having a set time that I sit down and draw, stops me procrastinating or finding other jobs to do other than prioritising drawing for myself. It is a great space, that has lots going…

January News Letter from The Arts School

Hello to 2020 – Happy New Year & welcome to your January newsletter – I hope you had a wonderful festive break and are feeling happy, healthy and vibrant for the year ahead. Do you make resolutions? Rather than resolutions I like to write a list of things I want to accomplish or develop in…

Drawing and Wellbeing – never to late!

This Christmas I fibbed to my mother… I told her I had a work event and needed her to babysit but in-fact I was taking her to a craft night. She didn’t want to go, she “doesn’t do art, can’t”. Within a few minutes of the first activity (stamping) she announced it was calming! The…

What do you think?

The great part of an open studio is hearing people’s comments, talking to people, the conversation. So how do we replicate that virtually? I am asking… I don’t have an answer. Do you?

How do you charge for your art?

I often get asked how to charge for artwork. I have a simple formula: materials (canvas, paints, etc) + time @ £50 per hour + £10 per artwork for studio costs (my studio, advertising etc) + additional fees (gallery or commission fees) = price A long time ago someone told me that if you feel…

Studio sales – virtually

One of the things I do when I open my studio is a sale of old work and cards. This is a great way to clear space for new, and allow people to support me if they are not in a position to pay (more on how I charge in another post) For South East…

SEOS – June 5th

I am getting ready for my first South East Open studios, not quite what I had planned as it’s virtual, but the reason was to get me to create more, and get my work out there. June 5th – 22nd here on my website, and on Facebook and Instagram!

Still Life – Facebook Lives- join me!

This week it is “bowl of fruit and veg” theme. Love it for the colours, exploring shapes and the challenges of perspective. Also love when I ask the company that delivered our fruit and veg (the wonderful River Mead Nursery) for something interesting to draw and they drop of a thistle artichoke! Join me on…

New week new start

I haven’t done a self portrait since A level … which was late 90’s! Looking forward to the challenge, and would love to virtually see you there! 10am on The Arts School Facebook page each day of the week. I ask £5 a week if you are in a situation to pay, but know that…

Stay home and do art!

I am terrified. I am terrified that you are bored I am terrified that you do not believe the hype. I am terrified it is your right to see your friend, grandchild, to shop, to work. Don’t cause another peak, don’t be stupid, selfish, don’t be ignorant! Stay home, a few months of this is…

Drawing for Wellbeing

I have made a 10 minute drawing for well-being video. If you like it, please donate to The Royal Papworth Charity, they saved my husband life a few times over the years and right now they are facing unprecedented challenges which I know they will be dealing with with excellence and compassion.

Next weeks theme: natural forms, single objects.

The week running from Monday 6th April we will be exploring natural forms, e.g. shell, feather, fruit, seed head, anything natural..We will be drawing one at a time rather than a group still life. I will be doing lots of short studies rather than one sustained drawing..Join me at 10.30am each morning next week for…